Calibrachoa hanging baskets

A few years ago I found a hanging basket of flowers at Lowes called Calibrachoa and I fell in love with them.

They are also known as silver bells and as many articles on the internet say they are like a tiny petunia on steroids. I prefer two colors mixed and the colors really do not matter.

This year I have seen them at several places but the average price is about $12.00 for a gallon pot of them.

They need full sun and water every 3-4 days they will bloom their hearts out for you

I had found the wire baskets and coco liners at Walmart for $10.87 and that was just what the Calibrachoa needed to really stand out.

I have 3 baskets full of these little beauties two of the yellow and red and one of the purple and yellow placed near our pond on the post.

Nature can always put a smile on your face surround yourself with the great outdoors and plenty of things that bloom.

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Spring is in the air

Today is the first day of spring and pink is such a great color.

Our azaleas started blooming about two weeks ago and they have been stunning this year. Normally the March winds blow off all the blooms but that did not happen this time so we have really gotten to enjoy them.

Happy Spring everyone.

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Through the fields

 

In the afternoon the light is more golden than the morning, the pasture of Bahia grass appears to be a bright golden color.

As the wind blows the stalks of grass they seem to move gracefully across the 30 acres.

Everything is quiet and the day is so peaceful as the sun begins to set.

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Life is good

Verbena is one of those old fashion flowers that still stands the test of time.

It comes back year after year sometimes prettier than the year before. I cut mine back a little bit in the early spring but I do not cut it back a lot.

The color purple is so soothing and very relaxing. A sense of calmness and peace washes over you and it makes you feel so free. I love this color.

Life is good!

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Allergy season is here

Allergy season is here it always hits right before the springtime when everything is coming back alive again.

In our part of Texas, it has been the oak, ash, mulberry and elm trees producing the most tree pollen.

I found a great site: Pollen.com you can put in your zip code and get the current levels of your area and see what is projected for the next few days. You can sign up for pollen alerts from this site. They seem to have a lot of good information on there.

I went years I did not have any allergies anymore and honestly, I thought I outgrew them.

I saw an allergist earlier this year who informed me by the age of 40 we no longer have allergies we are too old for them.

For the last 1- 1/2 weeks my eyes have been on fire like when you walk through smoke and they hurt. I have not been around any smoke. My nose has been running and my head is stuffy. If that is not allergies I am not sure what it is. I can not seem to be outside any longer than 10 – 15 minutes at a time this week.

By looking at this map on the link above I found some information look how much red there is in Texas near the Gulf Coast that is our area. Notice on the key on the map red means high pollen counts.

Today were at a 10.2 yesterday was a 10.3 well no wonder my eyes are bothering me.

Are you and allergy suffer over the age of 40?

Have you ever been told you are too old for allergies?

What do you do during allergy season?

I have tried Allegra it works on everything but the eyes. I have tried the moisturizing eye drops and Visine both and they help for a few minutes but that is about it.

Today I bought Walgreens brand of Flonase and some allergy eye drops my cousin Suzanne recommended Naphcon A. I have used the eye drops and they really did help I have not tried the Flonase yet.

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